USC signs Georgia for the transfer of DT Bear Alexander, the top player available on the portal
USC has earned a huge commitment from Georgia elite tackle transfer Bear Alexander. The sophomore announced Sunday that he had chosen the Trojans after receiving interest from Texas, Oregon, Miami, Penn State and Colorado.
Alexander, the No. 12 player ranked by the 247Sports transfer portal and the best uncommitted transfer, was a surprising addition to the portal. He was ready to push for game time at Georgia center defense while Jalen Carter made the move to the NFL. Ultimately, in search of more playing time, he opted for a transfer.
At 6’3 and 305 pounds, Alexander is a dynamic defender who has the potential to make it to the top of the NFL draft boards with some work. In a year with the Bulldogs, Alexander recorded nine tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks and two passes defended in 12 appearances as a true freshman.
At USC, Alexander has a chance to make a big difference in a defense that ended the year in the bottom 30 in many key categories. The Trojans added Arizona transfer Kyon Barrs and Purdue transfer Jack Sullivan as transfers with a chance to play inside. However, Alexander’s arrival could put Sullivan back on the defensive. The Trojans added five total transfers in the front seven, including former Texas A&M five-star Anthony Lucas on the defensive end.
“Exhibiting encouraging speed at take-off for size, as well as tracking ability,” wrote Gabe Brooks, national scouting analyst at 247Sports, in 2021 of Alexander Zugsatz and Expanding Technical Nuance.”
A native of Terrell, Texas, Alexander notably attended five different high schools. He started out at Terrell High School before attempting a transfer to Dallas Skyline, where he was ruled ineligible after it was ruled his transfer was for sporting purposes. Alexander then joined Denton Ryan and helped them win a state championship. He later made a brief stint at Fort Worth Brewer, where he was again declared ineligible before retiring from IMG Academy.